In all that he did, he gave thanks to the Holy One, the Most High, proclaiming his glory; he sang praise with all his heart, and he loved his Maker. He placed singers before the altar, to make sweet melody with their voices. He gave beauty to the festivals, and arranged their times throughout the year, while they praised God's holy name, and the sanctuary resounded from early morning. The Lord took away his sins, and exalted his power forever; he gave him a covenant of kingship and a glorious throne in Israel.
This is the word of the Lord. Ecclesiasticus 47. 8-11
|R||Give thanks to the Lord, the Holy One;|
[proclaim the glory of the Most High].
Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. R
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his name. R
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his faithfulness endures from age to age. R Psalm 100
Our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
This is the word of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 2. 3-8Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Jesus called the disciples and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognise as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
This is the gospel of Christ. Mark 10. 42-45